Things to do in

Victoria, British Columbia

Marvel at historical buildings, relax in green spaces, or even meet some whales in British Columbia’s capital.

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Top 10 things to do in Victoria

Located on the southern tip of Vancouver island, Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia and one of the oldest settlements in Canada. Enjoy this scenic, historical town's many landmarks on your next vacation to BC!

  • Royal British Columbia Museum

    1. Royal British Columbia Museum

    Bring your magnifying glass for a titillating day exploring natural history at the Royal British Columbia Museum, which houses over 750,000 specimens and artifacts.

  • Craigdarroch Castle

    2. Craigdarroch Castle

    Built in the Scottish baronial style with turrets, pitched roofs, and stained glass, this spectacle of a castle was commissioned by a wealthy Canadian coal tycoon in the late 1800s.

  • Butchart Gardens

    3. Butchart Gardens

    Surround yourself with local flora and fauna at the Butchart Gardens. A perfect daytime or evening activity, the gardens are open from 9:00AM to 10:00PM.

  • Beacon Hill Park

    4. Beacon Hill Park

    The Beacon Hill Park is fantastic for families. You'll find a waterpark, playgrounds, and even a petting zoo inside. Nothing like mini-ponies and goats to distract the little ones!

  • Victoria Bug Zoo

    5. Victoria Bug Zoo

    Home to the largest tropical bug collection in all of North America, the Victoria Bug Zoo is a wonderful (and reassuring) place to interact with all kinds of insects.

  • British Columbia Parliament Buildings

    6. British Columbia Parliament Buildings

    The British Columbia Parliament buildings, massive confections of stone built in the Neo-baroque style, feature beautiful works of art depicting the history of Victoria.

  • Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site

    7. Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site

    This 19th century lighthouse is a beguiling addition to the coastline. Be sure to visit lighthouse keeper's quarters, which were converted into a quaint little museum.

  • Emily Carr House

    8. Emily Carr House

    Find unique beauty at the childhood home of esteemed artist Emily Carr, whose Modernist paintings are beloved across Canada.

  • 9. Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

    A must on any art lover's list, this gallery houses one of the most significant Asian art collections in Canada, in addition to some of Emily Carr's greatest pieces.

  • Fort Rodd National

    10. Fort Rodd National

    An artillery fort built in the 1870s, this monument offers both fascinating regional history and a great ocean view. Kids will delight in scampering across the ramparts.

Frequently asked questions about Victoria, British Columbia

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Planning Your Visit

  • Getting Around Victoria

    The best way to traverse Victoria is by taking one of 80 bus lines to your destination. You can also take one of several ferries to cross the waterways within the city.

  • What to eat in Victoria?

    Go for a farm-to-table brewpub, where you can sample truly local cuisine. Pair the gastropub fare with a Canadian Indian Pale Ale for the ultimate sensory experience.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    Canadian Dollar ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-08:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    Victoria's weather is warmest and sunniest from June to August. To avoid the rain, you really have to come in the summer time. See the city at its most vibrant and enjoy the best of Victoria's offerings when you come in the warmer months.

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What people are saying about Victoria, British Columbia

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 793 reviews

Great experience, great driver with sense of humour but gray line west coast sightseeing tour is short staff and we could not contact them the day before departure. Overall excellent!

Would highly recommend this as an activity if you're traveling here. Lots of fun, great locations during the tour, wonderful tour guide! 10/10 recommended ☺️

An amazing way to spend an afternoon. Very knowledgeable on the History in the area. We will be recommending this to our family and friends.

Very nice staff and expert driver Andre We managed to see the Whale Recommended

Our tour guide Alex was fantastic. So friendly, funny and informative!